The Divided Brain

I have made a number of posts related to Iain McGilchrist’s work after hearing him speak about his book, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.

The first time I heard him speak was in 2014 in Edinburgh.  He was giving a lecture for the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University. The lecture was free and open to the public, so having read his book, I travelled up to Edinburgh from my home in South Lakeland to hear him speak. Since then I have  attended three four-day courses organised by Field & Field, at which Iain McGilchrist has shared his current thinking and his work on his book.

Following each event I have shared what I have heard and learned on this blog.

2014 – https://jennymackness.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/the-divided-brain-implications-for-education/ 

2015 – https://jennymackness.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/the-divided-brain-a-four-day-course-with-iain-mcgilchrist/ 

2016 – https://jennymackness.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/exploring-the-divided-brain-final-reflections/

2018 – https://jennymackness.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/iain-mcgilchrist-and-the-divided-brain/

These posts, and others, can be found in the Category – The Divided Brain – https://jennymackness.wordpress.com/category/the-divided-brain/ 

2019 – This year I will attend the Field & Field course again and for the first time will run a workshop/discussion group, in which I hope we will discuss the possible implications of Iain McGilchrist’s ideas for education, teaching and learning. In preparation for this workshop, I have explored some of the themes from Iain’s book, The Master and His Emissary, which seem particularly relevant when considering educational change.

The Master and His Emissary is a long and very dense text – not a quick read, but definitely a book for our time. This RSA Animate video provides a good introduction.

Another very good introduction to McGilchrist’s ideas is this short book: Ways of Attending: How Our Divided Brain Constructs the World.